A shoplifter is the first person in Bury St Edmunds to be hit with a new court order – banning him from all shops in the town centre for two years.
Michael Longden, 36, of Crown Street, has received a criminal behaviour order, which replaced ASBOs last year, and faces jail if he offends again.
The ban was handed down by Bury magistrates last week after he admitted snatching two bottles of wine from Marks and Spencer, on September 14 – breaching a community protection notice, which had already banned him from all town centre shops, for the fourth time.
Sgt Christian Chisnall, of the West Operational Partnership Team, said: “Hopefully this outcome will send a clear message to shoplifters that they will not be tolerated. Use of the shops in Bury is a privilege and if they continue to steal from our retailers, then we will remove that privilege and ban them from entering town centre shops altogether.”
It follows work between the police and the town’s shopwatch committee, which has about 50 members. To join the committee call PCSO Jasmine Last on 101.